Emporia, Kansas -- Kansas residents who have applied for federal and state disaster assistance because of the recent winter ice storms can expect to be contacted and visited by a damage inspector according to disaster officials.
"The inspections help us determine the amount of damage experienced by an applicant and their eligibility," said Carlos Mitchell of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA). "This allows us to assist applicants in the quickest and most efficient way possible."
Individuals can expect one or more different inspectors to visit and assess their damaged property. FEMA housing inspectors will usually schedule appointments within 7-10 days following an application. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) sends loss verifiers to inspect damaged property of those who have returned a completed loan application.
Applicants will be asked to verify that they own or occupy the damaged property, and that it is their primary residence. Federal and state officials stress that under no circumstances will inspectors request money or any form of payment for their work.
"We are advising applicants to ask for identification from everyone saying they are damage inspectors," said Angee Morgan, the Kansas Human Services Officer. "All inspectors and verifiers carry official photo ID badges. If these individuals are without proper identification, don't let them into your home."
Residents may register for disaster assistance by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Hearing or speech impaired individuals may call TTY at 1-800-462-7585. The registration lines are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.